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Éclectic. Photo: Thomas Duval

Éclectic. Photo: Thomas Duval

Éclectic. Photo: Thomas Duval

Éclectic. Photo: Thomas Duval

Éclectic. Photo: Thomas Duval

Éclectic. Photo: Thomas Duval

Address Centre Commercial Beaugrenelle, 2 rue Linois; 75015 Paris
by Pont de Grenelle
Neighbourhood 15th Arrondissement | See on map
Metro Javel [M10, RER-C]
Telephone +33 1 77 36 70 00
Website http://www.restauranteclectic.fr/
Price EUR 60-80
Hours Mon-Sun 08-24

The owners of Éclectic are Fabienne and Philippe Amzalak, the restaurateur couple also behind the popular Philippe Starck-designed Bon and Ma Cocotte. This restaurant, however, is designed by Tom Dixon, which means that, instead of an orgasm of moulded plastic, it’s all brass and natural materials.

It’s named after the designer’s homeware collection whose defining honeycomb pattern competes with the Seine riverviews for your attention. Packed with the Brit’s many signature lamps and furniture pieces, this place is as much showroom as eatery; the location within Beaugrenelle, the brutalist, recently renovated and now très trendy shopping mall, is rather fitting.

Foodwise, it’s typical brasserie fare such as steak tartare, bœuf béarnaise and the mandatory Paris-Brest pastry, with a few foreign elements like fish & chips thrown in for variety. It’s good but unremarkable; if you manage to suppress the memories of the inflated price level then it’ll be the pervasive design experience rather than the food that you’ll remember.

Although expensive, it isn’t just popular with the expense account army. Open daily from breakfast through dinner, it’s a mix of suits and chic shoppers during the day before segueing into a more sceney night crowd. Big and buzzy, request one of the semi-enclosed booths or the private dining room if more privacy is needed.